This Month in Carbon Fiber: December 2014

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Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

UK’s Composites Engineering Show features latest in composites technology

Composites technologies for automotive, mass transit and aerospace abounded at the Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK, Nov. 11-12.

McLaren 650S with its 50-kg carbon fiber composite monocoque

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Jiangsu Hangke Composite Materials Technology makes breakthrough in T1000 carbon fiber

Chinese company claims materials testing shows performance equal to similar products from Toray.

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Pressure vessels for alternative fuels, 2014-2023

Lower fuel costs and escalating emissions standards are driving a 10 percent annual growth in alternative fuel pressure vessel sales.

CNG Type V pressure vessels

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CAMISMA’s car seat back: Hybrid composite for high volume

Recycled fibers, in-situ polymerized PA12 and steel inserts combined in one-shot process to cut weight 40 percent at competitive cost, cycle time and safety.

ultrasonic welder

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ADL to purchase GKN carbon fiber Hybrid Power flywheels 

Scotland-based bus and coach manufacturer ADL will purchase 250 GKN Hybrid Power flywheels for energy storage and discharge.

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Samsung Ventures funds Connora Technologies to enable recyclable composites

Investment will advance commercialization of Connora’s recyclable epoxy thermoset technology called RECYCLAMINE.

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Smart carbon nanotubes for wind turbine blade anti-icing system

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing researches develop energy-efficient method to free turbine blades from ice in seconds.

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The Vexing Economics of Carbon Fiber Manufacturing

This carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, UT, US, is one of several operated by Hexcel. Hexcel’s VP and GM Americas, Mike Canario, talked at CW’s Carbon Fiber 2014 conference last week and noted the numerous economic challenges associated with carbon fiber manufacturing expansion.

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Toyota fuel cell vehicle to use Toray carbon fiber

Carbon fiber thermoplastic composites will be used in the vehicle floor, and carbon fiber thermoset composites will be used in the high-pressure hydrogen tank of the forthcoming Toyota Mirai.

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Toray acquires Saati’s European prepreg business

With the addition of prepreg operations, Toray has established a foothold throughout the carbon fiber value chain in Europe, including polyacrylonitrile, dry carbon fiber, prepreg and CFRP parts manufacturing.

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DowAksa acquires 50% stake in prepregger c-m-p GmbH

Turkey-based carbon fiber manufacturer DowAksa’s ownership relationship with Germany-based c-m-p GmbH will help both companies expand their reach and exposure in automotive and other industrial applications.

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STIGA Sports to apply Oxeon carbon fiber fabric to table tennis paddles

Oxeon’s TeXtreme spread tow carbon fiber reinforcements will be used to fabricate STIGA’s line of table tennis blades (paddles).

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, December, 2014

Week of December 2: Aerospace-related job opportunities at NMC Aerospace, Washington State University, Raytheon, Boeing and Exelis.

Week of December 9: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Toray Composites (America), Exelis, Hexcel and Cytec Industrial Materials.

Week of December 16: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Toray Composites (America), Aero Precision Industries, Exelis, Hexcel and Cytec Aerospace Materials.

Week of December 23: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Easton Technical Products, Heatcon, Aero Precision Industries, GE Aviation and Boeing.



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